Friday, November 13, 2009

Side Projects

Morning Folks,

Earlier this week I talked about dealing with writer's block and dancing around the room to help shake down creativity (something I have yet to try, but I think that might be next on my list. I don't think I'll be doing the hula, but I've got some country music, and a kid who will laugh at me--which is fine. I like making people laugh--as long as it's not ridicule).

But another tactic which I haven't addressed very much is this: a side project.

Now some side projects become a main project, and sometimes they're there just to keep a writer writing. Currently that's what my side project is doing.

Side projects don't have the same pressures that main ones do. Generally they're things an author thinks that maybe they might send off in a query, but other times they're just something that an author was inspired to write and it's keeping them from going completely blocked.

My side project is a Christmas story. I love Christmas--in fact, I'm a Christmas fanatic (I've been known to sing carols in July. As far as I'm concerned "Jingle Bells" has no season, it's fun to sing whenever the mood strikes you). I'm also a huge fan of lights, decorations, presents, the Church building being all done up pretty, the Christmas Bible readings, family time, time with friends, Christmas parties, you name it. I'm still trying to convince my husband that we need to decorate the house on the OUTSIDE, not just the inside. I think this year I might be able to convince him. Especially if I look at him with my gigantic brown eyes and say "Please, please, please, please!" LOL I'm such a kid at Christmas. A lot of people (who claim to be sophisticated and mature adults) revert back to their childhood (on some level) at Christmas.

So, that's my side project. A Christmas one dealing with a matchmaking angel and a woman who has given up on finding her true love.

Do you have a side project? Are you thinking of making it a main project? What's your side project about?

Have A Fabulous Friday!


Marsha Sigman said...

Hey Bethany! No side project right now but I love Christmas too! I make my husband decorate outside while I do the inside, and it is so beautiful. One of my favorite times of the year.

Bane of Anubis said...

Shorts are definitely side projects, though recently I've been taking a writing hiatus, which has been nice.

bethanyintexas said...


That's what I'm hoping to get my husband to do this year. I'll tell him "Other husbands decorate out in front, why can't you?" LOL. :-)

bethanyintexas said...


Yeah, short stories can come in handy as side-projects :-)

Tamika: said...

I don't have a side project. The less distractions I have the better.

Happy writing!

bethanyintexas said...


LOL, that's probably true for a lot of writers. For myself I've found it sometimes helps me. Like today, I was working on my side project and I pulled up "Conjure A Man" and was able to write several paragraphs when the other day it didn't feel like anything was coming.

:-) Happy writing to you, too :-)

kanishk said...

though recently I've been taking a writing hiatus, which has been nice.

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bethanyintexas said...


Hiatuses can serve a purpose. I usually can't bear being on hiatus for long, though LOL Thank you for your comment. :-)